Gang target terrified Sunderland family’s home

Elise Grieveson with her children Jessica, 10, and Cameron, eight, outside their Pennywell home which was attacked by a group of youths looking for the previous occupier.
Elise Grieveson with her children Jessica, 10, and Cameron, eight, outside their Pennywell home which was attacked by a group of youths looking for the previous occupier.
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A TERRIFIED family barricaded themselves in their own home as thugs tried to kick their front door down.

Shaking Elise Grieveson used her own body weight to stop the mob smashing their way in as her son and daughter slept upstairs.

The 35-year-old said: “I was so scared for my children.”

Elise and husband Stephen believe the gang were looking for the previous tenant of their home they have just moved into in Hylton Road, Pennywell.

But the attack has left the fearing the mob could return.

Elise, mum to Jessica, 10, and Cameron, eight, said: “It was about 1.30am and I’d only been in bed about 30 minutes,” she said.

“We sleep in the back room and I could hear banging at the front.

“I went into my son’s room at the front and then I heard glass shattering.”

The yobs had hurled a brick through the front window and into the living room of the house.

Elise added: “I opened the window and saw three lads outside. They were shouting ‘get Lewis out here’ and I was trying to explain that we had just moved in. They were calling me a liar and kicking the door.”

Half-asleep, husband Stephen went out to confront the gang, but was forced to flee back inside after they went to attack him with another brick.

The couple, who have been married eight years, battled for 15 minutes against the thugs, who rained down blows on the door while Stephen called police.

Elise said: “We barricaded the front door and put all our weight against it.

“I was just scared for my children; I don’t care what happens to me.

“I have two young children and I have brought them up correctly. They are not used to things like this.”

Now the ordeal has left the frightened couple sleeping in shifts and pleading with their landlords to move them to another property.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At 1.21am on Saturday, November 12, police received a report of a brick being thrown through a window of a house in Hylton Road, Sunderland, by three men.

“Police inquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 03456 043043 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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